New York, NY – The National Basketball Association on Wednesday handed down suspensions to a pair of Miami Heat players.
Hit with a three-game ban was reserve center Dexter Pittman, while forward Udonis Haslem will serve a one-game penalty for actions during Tuesday's 115-83 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
It all came to a head in the closing seconds when Pittman threw a flying elbow into the neck of Indiana's Lance Stephenson. Both he and Haslem -- who struck the head of Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough -- were issued Flagrant Foul Ones, which were upgraded to Flagrant Foul Twos. In addition, Hansbrough was also given a Flagrant Foul One, later upgraded, for striking the head of Miami's Dwyane Wade.
Stephenson made headlines when he mimed he was choking after LeBron James missed a free throw in Indiana's Game 3 win, an action for which he has since apologized.
Haslem will serve his suspension during Thursday's Game 6 in Indianapolis, while Pittman's ban also begins Thursday.